PSA (Public Service Announcements)

 

**** North Carolina A&T has scheduled two commencement ceremonies to be held Sunday, May 9, at Truist Stadium. The first ceremony, at 8:30 am, will be for spring 2021. The second ceremony, at 4 pm, will be for spring, summer or fall 2020. Since tickets are limited, both ceremonies will be livestreamed. For more info, visit ncat.edu and search “commencement.” ****

 

Changes in Waste/Recycling Service (ENDS APR 12)

Beginning the week of April 12, some Greensboro residents will see changes to their solid waste and/or recycling collection service. These changes are being made in order to meet growing service needs and to balance daily workloads for city crews. All affected residents will receive a day change notice and/or new calendar in the mail. For more information, visit Greensboro-nc.gov/collects or call 336-373-2489.

 

Start Smart Baseball (ENDS APR 12)

Registration is now underway for Greensboro Start Smart baseball, for children ages 3 through 6. This six week skill-building session will be offered from 6-7 pm at various locations throughout Greensboro, beginning the week of April 12. Social distancing and face coverings required. All children must have an adult participate with them. Register online at greensboro-nc.gov/startsmart.

 

Library welcomes Libby Copeland (ENDS APR 13)

The Greensboro Public Library welcomes award-winning journalist Libby Copeland in a Zoom meeting from 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 13, as she discusses the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing and the ramifications (intended and unintended) of discovering information that can shake up long held core beliefs about heritage and identity. For more information or to register, visit greensborolibrary.org.

 

Summer Day Camp Registration (ENDS APR 15)

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registration for the following summer day camp programs: All Stars Summer Day Camp, Camp Joy, Recreation Center Day Camp, and Greensboro Youth Council Service Learning Camp for teens. Due to COVID guidelines and smaller numbers, camp slots are likely to fill up quickly. Learn more or sign up at greensboro-nc.gov/summer.

 

Week of the Young Child (ENDS APR 16)

This week Guilford County celebrates the Week of the Young Child, with a focus on the needs of young children and their families and a recognition of the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Events will be held through Friday, April 16th, including a virtual art class, virtual cooking class, family resource fair, and virtual concert. More information can be found at guilfordchildren.org.

 

NCA&T Counseling Services (ENDS APR 22)

In collaboration with Career Services, the Center for Academic Excellence, and the Office of Accessibility Resources, Counseling Services at North Carolina A&T State University will host a series of virtual programming for students through April 22. Topics include Letting go, Dating Romance, First to Go, The Real Relationship, Surviving, and Forgiveness. For more information on programming or to get a specific Zoom Link, contact Counseling Services at 336-334-7727.

 

Spring Litter Sweep (ENDS APR 24)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Biannual Cleanup Drive is offering volunteers the opportunity to be a part of the Spring Litter Sweep from now until April 24. Visit your local NCDOT maintenance office for Materials Pickup. Or for more information, including forms, posters, and safety guidelines, visit ncdot.gov/littersweep or call 800-331-5864.

 

Stephen L. Knier Memorial Scholarship (ENDS APR 30)

The Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities is now accepting applications for the Stephen L. Knier Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Students with Disabilities. This year the committee will award up to $3,000 in scholarships to high school seniors enrolling in continuing education opportunities. To apply by the April 30 deadline, visit greensboro-nc.gov/mayorscommittee.

 

Virtual Fair Housing Series (ENDS APR 30)

Throughout the month of April, the City of Greensboro Human Rights Department will present a weekly Facebook live session for the Virtual Fair Housing Series: A Home for Everyone. The sessions will cover issues like Familial Status and Sex, Disability and Race, and National Origin and Religion. For scheduling or session information, call 336-373-2038.

 

Employer Panels (ENDS APR 30)

Throughout the month of April, the Office of Career Services at North Carolina A&T State University will host "Employer Panels: What Can I Do with My Major?" every Tuesday from 6-7pm. In these online sessions, employer representatives will discuss their college-to-career journeys and provide A&T students insight on the many career paths they can pursue. To register, visit ncat.JoinHandShake.com.

 

Neighborhood Arts Residency Program (ENDS APR 30)

Creative Greensboro is introducing the Neighborhood Arts: Residency Program, for Greensboro-based artists or nonprofit arts organizations interested in a six-month visual arts residency that culminates in a mural installation in selected neighborhoods. Proposals must be submitted by 5 pm, April 30. For more information, contact Josh Sherrick at 336-373-7817.

 

Alzheimer's Association Confident Caregiver Symposium (ENDS APR 30)

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Confident Caregiver Symposium, a four-part virtual education series in April, open to individuals with a recent diagnosis and/or in the middle stages of Alzheimer's and related dementia diseases, their families, and care-partners. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/ConfidentCare or call 800-272-3900.

 

Black art Matters at NCAT (ENDS MAY 01)

The University Galleries at North Carolina A&T State University is hosting a virtual art exhibition, Black Art Matters: Works from the Permanent Collection. Comprised of art spanning from the 1930s to the early 2000s, this exhibition highlights artists of the African Diaspora such as John Biggers, Benny Andrews and Hale Woodruff. The exhibition can be viewed by visiting ncat.edu and searching “black art matters.”

 

Opus Concert Series (ENDS MAY 02)

Creative Greensboro’s Opus Concert Series is returning this spring and will broadcast on Creative Greensboro’s Facebook page and on the City of Greensboro’s YouTube channel. Concerts ranging from classical to rock-en-espanol and soulful blues will stream Sunday evenings at 6 pm from April 11 through May 2. For more information, or for the Spring Concert schedule, visit CreativeGreensboro.com.

 

Arts Equity Project Grants (ENDS MAY 03)

The North Carolina Arts Council is now accepting applications for Arts Equity Project Grants, a new grant category created to advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts.  This grant program is designed to support specific projects that offer arts activities that benefit traditionally underserved communities. To apply by the first deadline of Monday, May 3, visit ncarts.org and search “arts equity.”

 

Aggie Rack (ENDS MAY 12)

The Aggie Source at North Carolina A&T State University has opened the AGGIE RACK, a professional clothing closet aimed to provide FREE professional attire to help students succeed in career fair attendance, interviews, networking events, and the workplace.  The Aggie Rack will be open Tuesday and Thursday between noon and 3 p.m. by APPOINTMENT ONLY. For more information or to sign up, email aggiesource@ncat.edu.

 

Parks and Rec Reopening Hours (ENDS MAY 12)

In response to changes in the state’s COVID-19 recommendations, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department has updated its reopening plans. The department is now accepting picnic shelter and Garden wedding reservations for parties of 100 or fewer. Facility rentals have resumed, with spaces currently limited to 50 percent capacity. For more info, including facility hours, visit greensboro-nc.gov and search “parks.”

 

Fire Hydrant Testing (ENDS MAY 15)

The Greensboro Fire Department will be conducting their annual fire hydrant testing through May 15. Opening hydrants can sometimes cause a temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes. The discoloration is not harmful in any way and can be cleared up by running the water for a few minutes. If you observe a hydrant that is out of service or experiencing problems, please contact the City of Greensboro Water Department at (336) 373-2033.

 

Volunteer with SCORE (ENDS MAY 15)

Are you looking for ways to give back and make an impact in your community? From Mentor Leader to Workshop Presenter to Diversity Leader, the SCORE NC Piedmont Triad Chapter is looking for business experts interested and able to give back. For information on volunteering opportunities, visit PiedmontTriad.Score.org or call (336) 333-5399.

 

Adaptive Golf Clinics (ENDS MAY 22)

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department will offer Adaptive Golf Clinics for ages 7 through adult and First Tee Challenger Golf for kids 10 and older this spring. These free clinics, designed to teach adaptive techniques for individuals with physical disabilities, will be held one Saturday a month through May 22 at Gillespie Golf Course 306 E. Florida St. To register, visit greensboro-nc.gov/AIR.

 

IMPACT 2020 Online Ballet Series (ENDS MAY 30)

Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet is launching the online series IMPACT 2020, where four Resident Choreographers have been tasked with creating new works 1 – 5 minutes long. Each work will be a retrospective and forward thinking piece about how 2020 has impacted and will continue to impact each of our lives. The choreographers will each have approximately 22 days to create the new work and 8 days to film and edit it to share it as a video online. A new work will premiere each month, starting February through May.  For more information, call 336-944-6146.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ENDS MAY 30)

Has your household been financially affected by COVID-19? Need help paying the rent and/or utilities? If so, you may be eligible for funds under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Qualified households may now apply for up to 12 months combined emergency rent and/or utility payment assistance. Assistance goes directly to landlords and utility companies, and does not have to be repaid. To apply, visit greensboro-nc.gov and search “ERAP.”

 

Progressive Toastmasters

Due to COVID -19 procedures, Progressive Toastmasters will be meeting virtually by Zoom Conference Call on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 pm. This is an opportunity to improve the quality of your presentations, impromptu speaking skills, and of course networking! Everyone is welcome to Toastmasters weekly meetings. For the registration link, please contact Gail Torres at gail2813@aol.com.

 

Parks & Rec Parks Passport Program

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department has launched a Parks Passport program to encourage residents to explore local outdoor opportunities around the city. For more information on this program, as well as potential prizes, visit 301 South Greene Street, Suite 300, or download your Parks Passport at greensboro-nc.gov/contest.

 

Take Me Home

The Greensboro Police Department will be participating in the “Take Me Home” program. “Take Me Home” is a free program that allows family members and legal guardians to upload critical information for individuals with a cognitive impairment or developmental disability in the event that a registered individual encounters law enforcement or is reported missing. For more information, visit: greensboro-nc.gov/TakeMeHome

 

Guilford County Schools

- Guilford County School’s youth crisis hotline, 336-332-7295, is currently open to students dealing with anxiety, depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, hunger, or any other form of crisis. For emergency, you should still call 911. Additionally, the GCS general information line, 336-332-7290, can be used Monday through Friday from 8 am – 7 pm.

 

TRIAD Goodwill Accepts Food Donations

A lot of people don’t know this, but Triad Goodwill accepts food donations and routes them to local food banks. This is a convenient way for people to do good for those in need, as many families struggle with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Non-perishable food items are collected in all 23 Donation Centers located in Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham and Caswell counties. For more information, call 336-544-5305 or visit triadgoodwill.org.

 

Styrofoam Recycling

While foam and Styrofoam aren’t recyclable in Greensboro’s recycling program, residents and businesses that want to recycle foam may now bring it to 1310 W. Gate City Blvd. Foam dropped off at this location will be made into picture frames and molding in New Jersey. Proceeds from the sale of foam will go back to support Tiny House Community Development’s efforts to reduce homelessness in the Triad. For more info, call 919-622-3303.

 

GSO Virtual Programming for Social Distancing

Staff with Greensboro Public Library, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Field Operations have been creating videos and posting activities to help residents stay active, get creative, and learn something while social distancing. Virtual programming includes story times, exercise classes, craft activities, scavenger hunts, and more. For updated links to these great resources, go to Greensboro-NC.gov/PlayAtHome.

 

Glass Recycling

The City of Greensboro is no longer accepting glass, large plastic items, pots and pans, and shredded paper in its recycling program. Visit greensboro-nc.gov/recycle for locations you can recycle glass going forward.

 

Library Makerspace

Greensboro Public Library invites both kids and adults to explore the 3D printers, cameras, audio production equipment, and sewing machines within one of its various Makerspaces. For more info, call 336-335-5430.

 

SCAT is now Access GSO

Greensboro Transit Agency is excited to announce the new operating brand for its longtime paratransit bus service. Access GSO succeeds Specialized Community Area Transportation, or SCAT, serving persons with disabilities since 1992. The Access GSO name was chosen from among numerous suggestions received from riders, drivers, staff, and the Greensboro community. For more information, call 336-373-4368 or visit greensboro-nc.gov/gdot.